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Hi Dr. Nagler. I feel it's almost unfair to send you another question, you were already of great help. I guess if I pass by Atlanta I owe you a Pizza or something...

Since you seem to be pretty good with out of left filed questions, I would like to know what your answer might be. If you feel it's out of your area, please feel free to ignore this one.

So, I've been dating this girl and as time passed by, I discovered that she's a snorer. I'm not talking about low level maybe it's annoying snoring, I'm talking lumberjack level, can hear it from the corridor snoring. She knows about it, said she would seek treatment and told me that it's been an issue with ex-boyfriends.

I've had some disposable foam earplugs around and have been wearing them to sleep.
Today, I decided to search the net for a better product. And (why am I surprised?) Mr. Google said I can have a lot of troubles when wearing earplugs to sleep, wax buildup and other things. Tried to call my ENT but she's out of town until next week and I don't think it's an "emergency" to chase her on her cell phone. I looked for good sources of information, but even the Starkey website seems a little dubious: http://www.starkey.com/blog/2015/07/Should-You-Wear-Earplugs-At-Night

So, if you would indulge me: is it safe to wear earplugs while sleeping? What do you tell your patients with snoring partners?

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So, if you would indulge me: is it safe to wear earplugs while sleeping?

Is it safe in terms of not causing any harm? Yes.

But is it advisable for a person with tinnitus to wear earplugs at night? Perhaps think of it this way. Your auditory system exists to hear external sounds. And in the absence of external sound (like when you are wearing earplugs) your auditory system will "turn up the gain" in order to do what it supposed to do - hear external sounds - and in-so-doing it will magnify your own tinnitus. So no harm, but totally your call.

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What do you tell your patients with snoring partners?

I tell my patients with snoring partners the same thing I would tell anybody with a snoring partner. The first defense against a snoring partner is to get the partner to stop snoring. I mean why should you be inconvenienced if it is your partner who has the problem??!! Perhaps suggest that she try a ZYPPAH device. I am told they are very effective. CLICK HERE

Good luck with it! :-)

Dr. Stephen Nagler
Atlanta Tinnitus Consultants, LLC


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Zug

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Thank you for your answer and suggestion! This will make for an interesting gift. I better bring some flowers with the Zyppah... :)

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I better bring some flowers with the Zyppah... :)

Yea, flowers might help. But whatever you do, for goodness' sakes don't tell her it was my idea! :-)

Dr. Stephen Nagler

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